Local authority representatives at the announcement of the festival earlier this week / sur

Colmenar's Mosto and Chacina festival returns to start the Christmas season in the Axarquía

There will be stalls selling cold meats, cheeses, wines, extra virgin olive oil, bread and sweets on Plaza de Los Carros

Eugenio Cabezas

Colmenar’s Mosto (early wine) and Chacina (cold meat products) festival, which in its 20-year history has come to mark the start of the Christmas season in the Axarquía, returns this Sunday, 28 November.

Visitors will be able buy all kinds of local products to stock up for Christmas, including cold meats, cheeses, wines, extra virgin olive oil, breads and sweets.

"It is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in Malaga and is a key feature of the Axarquía’s calendar," said José Juan Jiménez, the president of the group of Axarquía town halls (Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Axarquía) at the announcement for the event earlier this week. Jímenez went on to encourage "all the people of Malaga to attend this festival to buy quality products for Christmas and help the business community of Colmenar."

The Fiesta del Mosto y la Chacina has been declared a a festival of provincial importance by the Malaga’s provincial authority, Diputación. Stalls will be open from 11.30 am in the Plaza de Los Carros. "We really wanted to resume this celebration after last year, so in addition to taking into account all the preventive measures we have decided to change location. It will take place in the plaza instead of the usual marquee, so that everything will be in the open air. This way we avoid crowds and enclosed spaces", explained Colmenar’s mayor, José Martín.

"People who come here will be able to buy our exquisite sausages, honey, cheese or the cakes for which we are known," said the mayor. "Tourism in inland villages must be linked to gastronomy," he added.

The opening speech this year will be given by José Luis García, a journalist from Cadena Ser radio in the Axarquía. "He knows the Axarquia well and is always very attentive to our villages. That is why we believe that he is the ideal person to use his perspective and microphone to make our town known," said the mayor, who also encouraged the whole province “to participate in our gastronomic festival.”

In addition to the stalls, there will also be music and traditional dance performances by local groups, including the Trinidad Symphonic Band, the San Lorenzo Musical Group and the Zamarrilla Music Band from Malaga. In the afternoon, there will be the traditional 'chacineros' competition; a draw for lots of cured meats and a concert by La Húngara at 4.30pm.

There will also be a tapas route, including eight bars and restaurants, offering local dishes.

Visitors will also be able to see an exhibition of classic and vintage cars by the 'Amigos del 600' club from Almeria.